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Poster: jhender501 Date: Dec 26, 2006 12:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sly is a MONSTER!!!

If I'm not mistaken, his set took place around 2-3AM..woulda woke me right up!


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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 26, 2006 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sly is a MONSTER!!!

Makes me wish they would have headlined that second Furthur Fest tour, because I was sawin' logs during The Black Crowes. Hmmmm . . . I wonder if that had anything to do with the fact that it was the only show I ever saw where I got piss drunk. Come to think of it, maybe the band wasn't boring: I was just passed out.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 26, 2006 8:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sly is a MONSTER!!!

Not sure if that was the problem. Only time I saw the Black Crowes was in 92 and they SUCKED. God, was I dissapointed. Who cares if the lead singer obviously doesn't give a shit and decides to stop singing songs half way through? Who cares if the soundman was on crack? Who cares if the crowd was predominantly drunk 18 year olds? Me, that's who.
Hopefully I just got them on a bad night.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 27, 2006 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sly is a MONSTER!!!

Drunk or not, I was disappointed by The Black Crowes, too. I think most of the crowd was, as well. They came on stage with a bang, but within no time, the vast majority of the audience that had been on its feet was sitting right back down again. They just didn't seem to be able to establish any connection with us.

Now, earlier in the day, when Hornsby and his band were doing Franklin's Tower (there's that song again-we were talking about it in another thread over the last day or so), we were treated to something much more well-received. I saw a man on stage-left standing at a microphone who looked vaguely familiar.

"Oh my God, is that Hunter?"

I walked a bit closer down the hill toward the reserved seats to get a better look, and I'll be damned if that wasn't the man himself making an unannounced appearance. Sure enough, he came out much later to deliver a set of his own. By that point, I was pretty well pickled, though, but I do remember New Speedway Boogie, Terrapin, and he very well might have done Rubin & Cherise.

Then after Hunter, who was an absolute joy, we were subjected to The Black Crowes. Talk about a buzzkill.

Just an added thought to mitigate what we've said: for what it's worth, I actually do like a lot of their recorded output. And maybe under the right circumstances, they can really deliver the goods live. But obviously at least a couple of us are unable to attest to that from personal experience.

What the hell were we talking about, anyway? Oh yeah, Sly & The Family Stone. Great band. Weird guy, though. I read something about how he came out of reclusive retirement not too long ago to perform a set at-what was it? The Grammys?-whatever it was, he was getting some kind of lifetime achievement award with a number of contemporary names sharing the stage in tribute, and by all reports, he was cold as ice to everybody involved. Walked on stage, performed like he was some kind of automaton, then walked off before the set was over without saying hello, good-bye, thank you, kiss my ass, or anything.

This post was modified by BryanE on 2006-12-27 16:36:54